Title and Link: Waiting So Long
Author: Kaenar Langford
Cover Artist: Darrell King
Publisher URL: Ellora’s Cave
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: short novel (110 PDF pages)
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Summary Review: Likeable characters but no conflict. A bit of tension and less sex could have made this a more enjoyable story for me.
Growing up, Vayle’s best friend’s younger brother Daniel was a pain in the ass. When Daniel shows up on Vayle’s doorstep, expecting to stay with him for a few days, Vayle discovers the last twelve years have transformed Daniel from a gangly, awkward pain in the ass into a confident, smoking-hot stud.
Daniel’s only too happy to see Vayle again, but the prospect of being roommates with his first love has his stomach in knots…and his cock throbbing. This time around, Daniel’s determined to win Vayle over—even if it means getting down on his knees to beg properly.
Waiting So Long is part of Ellora’s Cave Spectrum line and I bought it on a whim because I hadn’t read anything by this author before. I believe this is Ms Langford’s first M/M since she writes mostly het romances and I wanted to see how she would handle two male protagonists.
Daniel had had a crush on Vayle since he was thirteen and Vayle was the high school football quarterback and now, 12 years later when he showed up on his doorstep, he realized that nothing had changed. He still had the hots for him but this time he let his assets do the talking. The story is told from Vayle’s third person POV and we learn a fair amount about his backstory. He was a photographer and he spent much of his time on the road on assignments, which was part of the reason his last relationship ended 4 months ago. He was now tired of the road, photography had lost its luster and he wanted a companion he could come home to every night rather than the constant travel. Kaenar Langford built a lot of Vayle’s profession into the story, showing Daniel’s impact in changing his career direction. All we know about Daniel is that he had an IT job in Chicago and moved back home to Cleveland but not why he relocated.
My main disappointment was that there was no conflict and not much content in the story. The writer tried to introduce a bit of tension with an ex boyfriend who was passing through town, but he was two dimensional at best and it was obvious that Vayle was not the slightest bit interested in him any more, although he had been in a funk not long ago about his broken heart and how badly he felt when the ex left. He healed pretty quickly and I didn’t understand the angst about the breakup since both he and Clive, his ex, knew from the beginning that this was going to be temporary due to Vayle’s job. Once Daniel came on the scene it wasn’t clear if the reason he no longer wanted his ex was because of Daniel, if he had just moved on after a few months, or a combination of both.
This is a very short book and the author seems to have substituted sex for a real plot because she probably felt that two gay men were all about being in bed and getting it on. There wasn’t any information about how Daniel and Vayle coped with living together after the first blush of love and “getting to know you in the biblical sense”. There was an epilogue, (which seems to be the norm these days), that wrapped up the story and provided information about Vayle’s new career direction, but again there wasn’t much about Daniel’s job, other than he travelled a lot, something that Vayle used to do, and nothing regarding whether his travelling had a negative effect on their relationship.
Both Vayle and Daniel were likeable but I wished that there was more content so that I could have gotten to know them better. Some of the story was unintentionally funny when the author’s familiarity with photography may have been what led to her calling a part of the anatomy an “aperture,” or maybe it was her unfamiliarity with the genre. I had a picture in my mind of different camera lens openings as the guys were having sex. :)
WTL is light and frothy if you want to read something hot at bedtime because there is more than enough sex for two books. If you’re looking for a serious plot this is not the kind of story that you will enjoy because it follows the script of most recent books – hot protagonists, lots of sex, instant love, and a rushed wrap up with an epilogue. Waiting Too Long is character driven and there’s no external plot or conflict so if you like that you will love it.
Kaenar Langford has a fresh writing style, the story is funny, there is quite a bit about photography which I loved since I used to be somewhat of an amateur photographer, and the guys’ attraction to each other was palpable. The characters were well drawn, mostly Vayle since Daniel was not exactly three dimensional, but I liked them. If nothing else you will get to know a new M/M author which is always a good thing.
I hope that Ms Langford’s next story is longer since I enjoyed her writing.